Military aircraft collide in Hawaii; search on for survivors – CNN

CNN affiliate KHON in Hawaii reported that witnesses said they heard a loud boom over the water and saw a flash in the sky.

Six people were on board each of the two heavy-lift transport helicopters, according to Mooers.

The Marine Corps tweeted Friday that the missing aircraft are assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, part of the 1st Marine Air Wing. According to the unit’s website, it is stationed at Marine Corps Naval Air Station Kaneohe Bay.

In addition to the Coast Guard helicopter, an HC-130 search plane is on scene and two cutters have also been requested, the Coast Guard said.

The U.S. Navy and Honolulu Fire Department are also assisting in the operation, according to the Coast Guard.

Weather could be a factor in the search. Hawaii News Now, a CNN affiliate, reported that waves of 30 to 40 feet are expected Friday.


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